Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


18 SEP 2019

Fracking

Thank you very much for taking the time to write to email me about fracking.

In my view shale gas extraction remains hugely contentious and it's clear that we are still overly dependent on fossil fuels. In the long term we are set to fall short on our short-term legal targets to decarbonise. The five hottest years for global surface temperatures since records began have been since 2010 and evidence for the effect of greenhouse gas emissions in causing this rapidly escalating effect is now overwhelming.

It is time to move away from investing in polluting technologies to something that allows a better future for our children than one dominated by the misery of climate change. Freak weather extremes will increasingly become a new but frightening normal. In addition to environmental concerns, there are health considerations and last year I asked the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government had commissioned a review of research relating to the health implications of shale gas extraction by any organisation since the 2015 general election. You can view the exchange here: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2018-07-16/164421/

You may be interested to know that the Liberal Democrats believe the time has come to again take progressive steps towards building our renewable energy market.

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